Jailed transgender teen bound for psych center

Signage from an April protest that called for the release of the transgender teen. (Photo: WTNH)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families says a transgender girl detained without criminal charges at an adult women’s prison will be moved to an all girls’ unit at a psychiatric center.

The department said two weeks ago the girl had been accepted into a private youth treatment center in Massachusetts but it said Friday that it is still pending final approval.

In the interim, the department said, the Albert J. Solnit Children’s Psychiatric Center in Middletown is a more appropriate setting for her treatment. The transfer is planned for next week.

A state judge in April ordered the girl transferred to Department of Correction custody because DCF officials said she was too violent for them to handle. A lawyer for the girl says she has suffered sexual abuse and other trauma.

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